When you use Safari to go into Netflix, do you find that most, if not all, of the pictures for the offered movies don’t show up? There is an easy fix for this, which also applies to Firefox and other browsers, although the procedure may vary slightly.
After you open Safari, select “Safari” at the top-left and then open “Preferences.” Click the “Advanced” tab and then at the bottom of the box, next to “Proxies,” click “Change Settings.” If the network box opens automatically showing your Ethernet or your Wi-Fi connection, click “Cancel” for now to close it.
On the left side of the network box, you’ll see your network locations. If you have an Ethernet cable plugged in, it will show this and that it is connected. Highlight it and then below and to the right, click “Advanced.” The network box will now indicate “Ethernet” at the top-left. Next, near the top, click the “Proxies” tab. Here you will put a checkmark in the box: “Auto Proxy Discovery.” You can leave all the other settings as they are. Click “OK” to save the changes and to return to the main network box. Click “Apply” to make these changes to your system.
If you have a wireless connection (Wi-Fi) as well, to the left, highlight it and then click the “Advanced” button near the bottom on the right. Again, click the “Proxies” tab near the top and put a checkmark in the box: “Auto Proxy Discovery.” Click “OK” to save your changes.
While you are in your Wi-Fi network box, there are three settings that you may be interested in changing. If you don’t have wireless connectivity in your home or business, you can turn it off by clicking the “Turn Wi-Fi Off” button. This will keep your Mac from searching for and connecting to wireless networks. If you need to connect wirelessly in the future, you will need to turn this setting back on.
If you do have wireless connectivity, leave this turned on. You can also checkmark the box: “Ask to join new networks.” By checking this box, your system will automatically join known networks if they are available. If there are other networks showing up that you use, but they don’t connect automatically, you will need to select them manually to set them up and then it will remember them henceforth.
Near the bottom, you can also checkmark the box: “Show Wi-Fi status in the menu bar.” This will put the wireless symbol in the menu bar at the top allowing you to easily click and view all available wireless networks, “Turn Wi-Fi On or Off,” allow you to “Join Other Networks,” “Create Network,” or “Open Network Preferences.” Make your choices and then click “Apply” to make these changes to your system. Now you can close the network box and then close the advanced box.
For 14 years, Scott Lindsay has helped tens of thousands of people better their skills, publishing more than 250 articles about the computer and the Internet. You can reach Scott for comments or questions at Scott@HollywoodScott.com.